Friday, August 29, 2003

In case you're wondering why I'm posting so much, I made my "Edit Blog" page the homepage for my browser, so that I wouldn't forget to write stuff for you, the discerning reader.
Apparently, Madonna decided to prove her continuing relevancy by French-kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at last night's MTV Video Music Awards.

Several thoughts spring to mind:

1. Madonna is still the mistress (dominatrix?) of using shock value to garner publicity. Who have thunk she could still be pulling off the sex-fiend act at 40something, with two kids?

2. Today's pop icons are callow and derivative in comparison to the tawdry original. This all brings to mind an Entertainment Weekly headline from a few years back: "Skank Appeal." Where along the line did being a skanky ho turn into a good thing? I shudder to think what my blood pressure will be when I have a teenaged daughter.

3. Nothing is more popular with heterosexual males than what The Onion calls "hot, all-girl action" (originally used in reference to the Wellesley brochure). Curiously enough, women don't seem to find "all-guy action" interesting. To quote my friend Kuku, who "accidentally" watched some gay porn while staying at a friend's place, "There seems to be a lot of slapping involved."

Thursday, August 28, 2003

It's funny how you just run into people sometimes. When I was 15, I took a course in freelance writing at Santa Monica College. Since this was La La Land, the other folks in my class (all much older, of course) included an activist, a horror-film starlet, and Ed Townsend, who wrote "Let's Get It On" for Marvin Gaye.

I'll always remember the chats I had with Ed and his much-younger girlfriend (who was also taking the class). "Marvin exuded sex," he reminisced, "He could read the Lord's Prayer, and you'd think of sex." Even today, "Let's Get It On" is in heavy rotation.

Rest in peace, Ed, and thanks for taking the time to talk.
If you are not a member of Dogbert's New Ruling Class, you are missing out.
Fun link o' the day: Future governor Arnold Schwarzenegger waxes poetic about doing drugs, participating in orgies, and how he wouldn't be good at playing a "tough guy" in movies. Needless to say, this interview took place in 1977.
I'm sitting here with Noah Mercer, the new VP Product Engineering for Tribe.net, yet another social networking company that has crawled out of the primordial ooze. On the other hand, he's a smart guy, so it's probably worth checking out.